Instead of crying over your friend moving away, show how much you care by choosing the perfect gift. After all, you want your friend to remember you and the good times you shared, but you don’t want to give something that will only be left behind. Here are some ideas for going-away gifts your friend will love and actually use.
Remind your friend how much you’ll miss her with something sentimental and useful like this friendship keychain depicting Winnie the Pooh and Piglet vowing to be friends forever. If you think your friend will want the reminder a little closer to her heart, the gift doubles as a necklace. Or, opt for a traditional locket you can personalize.
Make it easy for your friend to come visit you on the weekend with a weekender bag. This one has enough capacity for a laptop, clothes, toiletries, and anything your friend might need for a short trip. And if he is moving to the other side of the world, a new luggage set might seal your friendship forever.
Photo Book of Memories
Sure, your friend can also look at photos on Facebook to remember the times you shared, but there’s something irreplaceable about reaching for a tangible scrapbook of memories. Give your friend the gift of nostalgia by handpicking photos that will provide comfort wherever she is in the world. You can also upload your favorite photos in a digital frame if you haven’t printed a photo since 1999.
Sage smudging, or the burning of dried sage, is a method of clearing a space of negative energy, often credited to Native American traditions. This white sage kit contains one sage stick, a travel pouch, and even an abalone shell. Help your friend settle into his new place with positive vibes.
Home Care Package
The last thing your friend might think of when moving to a new place is stocking up on the basics. Fill a simple laundry basket with laundry detergent, dish soap, toothpaste, and other items your friend will definitely use.
8-in-1 Kitchen Tool
With a cheese grater, can opener, spice grater, measuring cup, and more, this 8-in-1 kitchen tool saves room in the kitchen with its clever bottle design. Best of all, your friend gets to think about you every time she cooks.
Forget email. With stationery, you and your friend can bring the art of letter writing back in style and keep in touch no matter the distance between you. This stationery set will also come in handy for your friend to make grocery lists and stock up his new fridge or write his to-do list, with “Call my Best Friend!” at the top.
Starbucks Gift Basket
Send your friend a Starbucks Coffee and Teavana gift basket to show how much you care. You may not be able to meet for that weekly hot drink and a chat session anymore, but you can still do it over FaceTime.
Shop all the going away gifts for her right here:
- Friendship Keychain
- Traditional Locket
- Weekender Bag
- Luggage Set
- Digital Frame
- White Sage Smudge Sticks
- Laundry Basket
- 8-in-1 Kitchen Tool
- Stationery Set
- Starbucks Gift Basket
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Erica Garza is an author and essayist from Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, and VICE.